Green smoothies are fantastic for you. I’m incorporating smoothies in my daily routines more and more. Smoothies on their own are delicious and super healthy, but adding some greens just adds to the perfection. I often have them for breakfast or take them with me to work in a glass jar as a snack.
Tip – chew your smoothies. Yup, you read that right. The short explanation is that chewing your smoothies will activate the saliva production in your mouth and help your digestion. Blending the fruits will do some of the digestion job for you, but drinking food without chewing it can be a bit of a shock for your stomach. Most people don’t know this, so it’s a cool thing to pass on.
Recipe, from this blog:
One green apple
Half a banana, frozen
A good handful spinach
I tbsp hemp seeds
A splash of water
A small piece of celery (optional)
Blend everything together. I like putting the softer (not frozen) ingredients at the bottom to make the job easier for my blender. Start with only a bit of water and add more as you see the consistency coming along.
Almonds, raw and unsalted
You’ll also need a bottle or carton with a secured lid.
Soak the almonds in water over night. This willl remove the bad enzymes that naturally occur in nuts and beans, and make them easier for your body to digest.
Blend the almonds in a food processor. Add 4 times as much water as nuts. Add dates to sweeten.
Pour the mix over a thin linen cloth and into a bowl. The cloth will separate the nut “pulp” from the milk.
And you’re done!
Keep in an airtight container (glass bottles are super, if you have some!) for up to ca. 5 days.
To see an ideas for what to do with the remaining almond pulp, check out this blog post!
Here it is, as promised; the chocolate smoothie. I’m a chocolate lover. Vegan or not, I will forever need my sweet treats. For so long I’ve been experimenting with raw cacao, trying to make good desserts that also taste good. There has been a few misses. Frankly, more misses than hits. Most of the healthy recipes I’ve found have had a few problems.
1. The cacao makes them bitter
2. They taste, or feel, too much like mashed banana.. I’ve never liked mashed banana very much
3. They predominately taste like dates.. and I don’t like the taste of pure dates that much either
A vegan that isn’t obsessed with bananas and dates.. hmm, that can be challenging. Not anymore! Finally, a milkshake-ish cacao snack that tastes DELICIOUS. This seriously gave me new hope.
2 tbsp raw cacao (NOT cocoa! google the difference)
a dash of cinnamon
2 dl almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tbsp almond butter, or a few nuts of choice (cashews work well)
optional: 1 ts coconut oil
blend it all together in a mixer and enjoy!
To give it a health boost, add 1/2 tbsp wheat grass/ acai powder/ hemp (protein) powder (Note: if you add a lot of powder, you should even it out with more fluids)
Top it with buckwheat grouts, chia seeds and shredded unsweetened coconut
Topping it with buckwheat grouts is almost a must. The crunchiness just makes it even more perfect!
mmmm, I’m obsessed. In the two bottom pictures I added acai to the mix, which gives the darker color.